From Linda Liukus.
Marisauna is a modular, light-weight sauna from 1960s. The sauna was commissioned by the founder of iconic finnish fashion brand Marimekko, Armi Ratia. She wanted to build a whole village around her new aesthetic - Marimekko wasn’t only bright colors or floral patterns, but a whole way of living.
“Marimekko is the forest path between the practical Venla and the ethereal Anna (characters from Aleksis Kivi’s immortal story ‘Seven Brothers’) projected into the highways and byways, homes and whole living environment of this changing world” as Armi poetically explained the company vision.
Aarno Ruusuvuori designed the prototype of the sauna. With three parts (the sauna, the bath room and a small veranda) the building was designed in a very holistic manner: it came with bath towels, soaps and dividers. The sauna was designed to be modular, constructible in one day, close to a lakeside, with views to nature all around.
The fundraising for the village failed and finnish people didn’t like the idea of buying saunas they didn’t build themselves. Also the light, modular design was very far from the taste of the people at the time. It’s still very iconic part of finnish industrial architecture: close to nature, mass produced to the people. iBut only two saunas were ever sold.